We were here for a week from the 14th April....it is not our first visit to Tunisia but our first to Port el Kantaoui and we all agree we would not return!!!!
The hotel is lovely but very tired in some areas...reception and bar area is nice and clean and pleasant to sit and enjoy a drink and relax after a lovely day in the sun, although we were very lucky with the weather the week we stayed.
Our rooms had lovely sea views though we did pay the extra for this, well worth it after seeing the view on the other side of the hotel...a building site and rubbish everywhere!!
You get an allocated table for evening dinner on a choice of two sittings...canteen style dining and very poor food choice...turkey every night in sauce, tasteless other dishes to choose from and good old rice, chips, pizza and pasta as well although this becomes a chore to face after facing it every lunch and dinner....salads choice not that great its eggs left from breakfast in a sauce and sausages too mixed with pasta with a few peas and carrots mixed in! Cucumber and tomatoes and a bowl of sweetcorn to brighten it all up!
You have to get your own drinks in dinky little glasses so you can spend most of your time going back and fore to top up your drinks (unless you tip the waiter and he seems to have your first drink waiting for you) we didnt and he never even bothered to speak to us! We like to tip at the end of our holiday if we feel like we have had good service.
The pool area is nice, plenty of beds and fresh towels each morning, we tipped the pool guy and he had our beds and towels ready for us each day and they will do anything to help.
We did quad biking with the onsite seller and really enjoyed it so we decided to do quad buggying as well a few days later....don't waste your money when he asked we told him it was a waste of money he just shrugged his shoulders and walked off....didnt really talk to us again once he had our money. If you fancy quadding walk out of the hotel up to main road and opposite is a place which is very popular and have better quad bikes!!! Used the beach guys and did jet ski, para gliding, water settee (brilliant fun) and bought the dvd photos once we haggled the price!!
Entertainment is poor, we made our own by playing cards and having a laugh while we enjoyed a drink and talking to other holidaymakers. Nothing for teenagers to do....glad we had the kids with us to entertain us each night.
It's a very tired Riu hotel and its a shame as it could be so much better....it is more suited to older holidaymakers...the marina is nice, Sousse was a big no no for us, got out of the taxi and got back in 10 mins later, nothing to see just a big market where we felt very out of place as it was for the local people.
We had a weeks sunshine came back with a nice tan but wouldnt return as for the money we paid we could have gone back to Egypt....give us a Hilton hotel any day...Riu you really need to step up to the mark and sell what people expect of the RIU name!!!!
Big tip.....men have to wear long trousers in the evening for dinner....my husband wears trousers everyday for business meetings he does not want to wear trousers on holiday they should allow smart evening long shorts as women can go in wearing skimpy shorts,skirts and dresses???
Was it value for money? We are still undecided?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * 3 Km from Port El Kantaoui* Located on the beach* Complimentary sun loungers and parasols on the beach* 4-storey building surrounded by a 24,000 garden* 14 km from the center of Sousse* 200 m from various shops* 23 km from Monastir airport ... more less
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